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High Five… Cheap Ski Resorts!

It’s very nearly winter, and that means… we’re right in the thick of ski season again!

It’s snow secret (weheeey!) that a skiing holiday can be pretty expensive, but it doesn’t have to be that way. To prove it, I’ve put together a list of 5, very reasonable, destinations where it’s just the slopes that are steep.

5 Great Value Ski Resorts

Bansko, Bulgaria

This resort, set at the foot of the Perin mountains in south west Bulgaria, is one of the overall cheapest when you take in to account all the essentials involved in a skiing or snow boarding holiday, including; food, drink, lift passes etc.

The resort has the longest runs in Bulgaria, although considerably less than other, larger European resorts, but what it lacks in runs it makes up for in snow. Bansko has the longest season of any Bulgarian ski resort (15th December to 15th May) and thanks to the multi million Euro investment it received for its ski centre, it now offers a fantastic balance between the modern and historic Bulgaria.

Ellmau, Austria

One of the cheapest options out there for a ski holiday overall, Ellmau sits within a valley running between Wörgl and St Johann, on the route to Salzburg.

Imagine the kind of place that you normally only see on the front of Christmas greetings cards; quaint little cabins, mountainous snow covered landscape, and roaring log fires. Ellmau has a great reputation for snow and is part of the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental and the Kitzbüheler Alpen Ski Region so the skiing area is diverse and covers a large area.

Arinsal, Andorra

If you’re scrolling for cheap Ski deals, you’ll keep seeing one particular place appearing again and again. Arinsal is just one Andorra’s low cost ski resorts along with others including Pas De La Casa and Soldeu and El Tarter.

Set at a distance of between 1550 and 2560 metres above sea level with a wide selection of runs to choose from, Arinsal is a great choice for skiing and snowboarding beginners in terms of both price and piste. Packages start from just £183pp (7 nights, self catering including flights and transfer) making it one of the best value resorts in Europe.

The skiing in Andorra is split between Grandvalira and Vallnord, the area that Arinsal is situated in, that also comprises the Pal and Ordino-Arcalis resorts, meaning your lift pass will extend to all 3 places; giving you more ski fun for your buck.

Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

Glorious, white slopes wedged between the grand mountains of the Julian Alps near the Austria/Italy border of Slovenia. Ski is on the up in Kranjska Gora, although at the moment it remains a lesser known destination, but you can guess what that means…less crowds on the slopes!

The skiing here is the cheapest that you will find within the Euro zone and
is suitable for all levels of experience, although most of the slopes seems to suit a mainly intermediate crowd a little better. The best skiers in the world do battle every year on this run for the Vitranc Trophy in World Cup men’s giant slalom and slalom races.

Canada

There’s no doubt that to get the best value for money, Eastern Europe is the place to be skiing this winter. However, what if you could get paid to Ski? That would be pretty amazing right? Yep, I thought so.

A working holiday in Canada means in theory you could make skiing a way of life rather than just a fun mini break – now that does sound tempting…

BUNAC working holiday packages for Canada are available now but they are very limited and they are selling out fast, so you’ll need to be quick!

If you’re dying to get out on the piste, give us a call on 03333 210 156* to find out about our awesome winter ski packages quick smart (*Calls are free within inclusive minutes package on mobile otherwise standard rates apply)
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